Children encouraged to join free summer reading programme

Caothaoirleach Cllr Séan Ó Tuairisg and Minister Seán Kyne pictured at the national launch of the Summer Stars Reading Campaign.  The launch, with local library users, took place in Oranmore Library this week.
Photograph: Hany Marzouk

Caothaoirleach Cllr Séan Ó Tuairisg and Minister Seán Kyne pictured at the national launch of the Summer Stars Reading Campaign. The launch, with local library users, took place in Oranmore Library this week. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

A new reading programme to encourage children to read has been launched in Galway.

Summer Stars is a reading-based programme which is available free to all children across the country, and was launched in the Oranmore Library this week by Ministera of State for Community Development, Seán Kyne.

Summer Stars reading runs during the summer in public libraries, and children are invited to register for the programme and read as many books as they can. All participants will be given a Summer Stars reading card to record and track their own progress. There will be rewards and incentives along the way and a grand finale event at the end for all participants.

Summer Stars website, www.summerstars.ie, also has online games and activities, a range of animated ebooks, a children’s discussion board, and interviews with well-known people about their favourite books. There are also helpful tips for reading and recommended titles by age group for children to read. The books can then be borrowed from your local library service. And it’s all FREE!

Last year 45,000 books were read as part of the Summer Stars Reading Adventure in Galway libraries.

To join for free, register online at www.galwaylibrary.ie

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